The Planning and Development Department processes and issues various types of permits and approvals in unincorporated McHenry County.
If your property is located in a village or city, please contact their office. A list of communities and contacts may be found here.
APPLYING FOR A PERMIT? CLICK HERE FOR PERMIT APPLICATIONS AND CHECKLISTS
STORMWATER MANANGEMENT ORDINANCE TRAINING
Four sets of training have been scheduled to cover our newly revised Stormwater Management Ordinance and certified/non-certified community responsibilities. Following is a list of the upcoming dates for the trainings. The trainings will be tailored to each group (i.e., new SMO revisions pertinent to EOs or building officials, triggers for stormwater permits, new provisions that may affect permit submission requirements, etc.). The information has been sent out to all communities via USPS and e-mail.
Please feel free to forward the information on to those that you think would benefit. If you or anyone else would like to RSVP, please send Joanna Colletti an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date.
Certified Communities & Enforcement Officers
(City/Village Engineers, CWSs, etc.)
- Tuesday, March 17th @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Conference Rooms A & B, Admin Building, 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock)
- Tuesday, March 19th @ 1:00 pm -4:30 pm (Conference Rooms A & B, Admin Building, 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock)
(Building or Zoning Officials, City/Village Administrators, etc.)
- Monday, March 30th @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Room 104A, Admin Building, 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock)
- Tuesday, March 31st @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (Room 104A, Admin Building, 667 Ware Rd. Woodstock)
Township Highway Supervisors
- Thursday, March 19th @ 8:30 am (Riley Township)
- Tuesday, March 24th @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Conference Rooms A, B & C, Admin Building, 667 Ware Rd. Woodstock)
DECEMBER 1, 2014: THE NEWLEY REVISED STORMWATER ORDINANCE (SMO) IS EFFECTIVE
The December 1, 2014 SMO amendments include revised definitions for numerous terms including Regulated Development and Flood Prone Area, a broader scope of activities classified as Exempted Development, addition of General Permits for specific types of development, revisions to performance standards and submittal requirements with respect to the major and minor stormwater systems of a development, modified requirements in the building protection and public health protection standards, inclusion of Category V wetland impact for temporary impacts to Isolated Waters of McHenry County, and revised requirements for buffer areas. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all modifications to the SMO.
OCTOBER 22, 2014: The UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE (UDO) IS EFFECTIVE
The UDO updates and integrates previous development ordinances, including those regulating zoning, subdivisions, and signs, into a single comprehensive document.
LOOKING FOR ZONING?
PlanDev Viewer – The County's interactive map has zoning information for unincorporated areas.
Additional data you can access includes: current land use, comprehensive-planned land use, agricultural protection areas, soils, water resources, flood hazard areas, parcel data, and more.
Other maps are available on the County's maps page.
To direct the orderly development of McHenry County, through the development, implementation, and enforcement of the plans, ordinances, and policies of the County Board, in a manner that assures the health, safety, and welfare of county residents; protects natural and historic resources; and, encourages a harmonious relationship between people, land use, and the environment.